Howard Elliott Sworn in as PHMSA Administrator

By John Erickson posted 12 days ago

On November 2, Howard “Skip” Elliott was sworn in as Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). Mr. Elliott is a 40-year veteran of the U.S. freight rail industry, serving over the last decade as group Vice President of Public Safety, Health, Environment and Security for CSX Transportation in Jacksonville, Fla. His portfolio of responsibilities included hazardous materials transportation safety, homeland security, railroad policing, crisis management, environmental compliance and operations, occupational health management and continuity of business operations. He is a pioneer and leading advocate in developing and implementing computer-based tools to assist emergency management officials, first responders, and homeland security personnel in preparing for and responding to a railroad hazardous materials or security incident. He is a recipient of the Association of American Railroads prestigious Holden-Proefrock Award for lifetime achievement in hazardous materials transportation safety. He is a graduate of Columbia Southern University and Indiana University (IU), where he received the first ever Distinguished Alumni Award from the Department of Criminal Justice and is a current member of the IU College of Arts and Sciences Executive Dean’s Advisory Committee.

APGA staff and leadership plan to meet with Mr. Elliott and other key PHMSA leaders in December.

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